26 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

26 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Kotka

— 4 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Lahti (Lahti City Hall, Ristinkirkko, &more) and Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, expand your understanding of the military at German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kotka travel route planning app.

Vienna, Austria to Kotka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vienna in June; daily highs in Kotka reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Popular historic sites such as Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lappeenrannan kirkko are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Repovesi National Park and Infantry Museum. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Mikkeli (Communications Centre Lokki & Mikkeli Cathedral), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and make a trip to Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Suomussalmi

— 2 nights
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to The Silent People and then identify plant and animal life at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Hossa National Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Suomussalmi online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Suomussalmi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu trip maker site.

Drive from Suomussalmi to Oulu in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 11th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally explore the galleries of The Craft Museum of Finland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jyvaskyla driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Jyvaskyla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius are in your itinerary. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hameenlinna Art Museum). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the pleasant sights at Finlayson Area, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Visit Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Marela Museum House, Old Rauma, &more) and Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku trip maker app.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22: